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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Nov 22, 2005 4:11pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: My note to the Dead

I have emailed this letter to every band member's site, the store and everyone who markets dead merchandise. I also will be sending letters throuhgh USPS to any addresses i can find that relate to GDP:

As a Deadhead for over 30 years I am shocked and dismayed by the new policy pulling sbd shows from the live archive. We deadheads have always supported the band through thick and thin. I have personally invested in every album, cd, dvd ever released and have purchased tons of merchandise. Even when a show I already had was released, i have bought it to continue to support the band. This latest move is like a kick in the teeth. i always thought that the best marketing move they ever made was to allow fans access to all the music, it just creates a larger demand for everything Dead related. If it weren't for the tapes that were circulating throughout the years, I am convinced that there would not have been nearly as big a scene as ther was at shows, and they would have not made nearly the amount of $$ that they did. Hearing new shows always motivated me and my friends to go on the next tour to hear what they were doing next. I have invested a significant portion of my own money, and time over the last 30 years and never expected anything in return, except for the music. Now that is being taken from us as well.
I will join the protest and send letters to everyone and anyone I can think of to protest this heinous move and will disconinue my financial support of anything GDM and affiliates release, including attending any live shows by Phil & Friends, Rat Dog or any other affiliated venture. I will encourage all Deadheads to unite in this protest!!!

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Poster: Dean in Japan Date: Nov 22, 2005 5:26pm
Forum: etree Subject: Let's not panic.

I, too, am disappointed to see that so many of the shows that were previously available are now gone. And I, too, have spent a lot of money in the past 20 years supporting the Dead. As I look around my room, I see well over $1,000 worth of CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, etc. That's not to mention all the live shows I saw in the 80's and 90's.
I'm not sure what the reasoning behind removing all those shows from the LMA is. (If someone could explain it to me, I'd appreciate it.) Let's not panic, though. I'm pretty confident that Deadheads will find a way to trade shows like we always have. And I'm sure that we will continue to support the Dead like we always have, too.

This post was modified by Dean in Japan on 2005-11-23 01:26:32

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Poster: August East Date: Nov 22, 2005 5:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Let's not panic.

"Let's not panic"?
Why not? It's been a while since I had a better reason to panic.

This post was modified by August East on 2005-11-23 01:52:59

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Poster: Dean in Japan Date: Nov 22, 2005 7:15pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Let's not panic.

August East,

Do you really think that Deadheads aren't going to find a way??? The proverbial genie has already been let out of the bottle. The shows are out there. They'll continue to be traded. Besides, it's rarely useful to panic about anything, eh? Let's wait and see what happens.

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Poster: August East Date: Nov 23, 2005 2:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Let's not panic.

Dean,
You're certainly right. We have to rely on torrents and b&p now. But I wouldn't be too sure that the sharks that took the LMA away from us heads will leave a lively tracker alone for ever. We've had more than one example for that. And b&p is the stone age again. Living in Germany, 95% of the deals will be oversea. That's expensive. And no chance for a quick "soundcheck" just by a right click... You know the advantages the LMA had as good as I know that it won't help to panic. I know my Douglas Adams, too. But (as far as I can remember) even the Hitch Hiker's Guide allows you to panic when your towel is taken away from you.